Gateway

Almost two years ago, Maia Szalavitz put a stake in Marijuana as a Gateway Drug: The Myth That Will Not Die

It seemed a shame that she even had to talk about it. It’s so thoroughly discredited that it shouldn’t even be a discussion (and, of course, what we’re talking about is the notion that marijuana use causes users to move on to other drugs). We have decades of data on drug use proving that the vast majority of marijuana users never show any interest in doing “harder” drugs.

Maia is right. It still will not die. In their recent book “Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know,” the Kleiman, Caulkins, Hawken, and Kilmer gang were more interested in promoting uncertainty than in science.

“What is not at all clear, however, is whether marijuana use causes subsequent use of other drugs, or whether it is merely a signal [...]

They have apparently decided since there isn’t final conclusive and absolute proof of [non-causality/global warming/round earth revolving around the sun/gravity/etc.] they’ll actively not rule out [causality/warming denial/there be dragons/etc.]

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